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Soft Southern accents and gracious manners greet guests in Richmond, Virginia. The Canal Walk along the James River borders historic neighborhoods and a modern downtown.

Take a stroll through the Carytown District, nicknamed the "mile of style."Jeff Greenberg

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In restored Shockoe Slip, gas lamps glow along cobblestone streets. Exclusive shops include Dransfield Jewelers, which specializes in custom jewelry, and luxury menswear at Ledbury. Carytown District, with over 200 independent merchants, is nicknamed “the mile of style,” while major upscale names can be found at the pet-friendly Stoney Point Fashion Park.

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The Omni Hotel’s modern glass tower overlooks the James River. The Jefferson Hotel is a classic of stained glass, gold leaf, and carved fireplace mantels. Its Lemaire Restaurant is one of Richmond’s finest, with a New American menu.

Another winning hotel-dining combination is the Berkeley Hotel with The Dining Room, featuring a menu of Virginia cuisine. Elsewhere in town, Bistro Bobeth offers Provencal cuisine. The Tobacco Company has music (jazz, folk, and melodic rock) and dancing on weekends.

For information on things to do and accommodations, visit www.visitrichmondva.com.

For more travel tips, go to www.insightguides.com.

 

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